“Disneyland? Are you KIDDING me? Humph! I’d rather go for a quiet walk in the woods or even a long walk on a short pier. Disneyland is too crowded, too expensive, too commercial!”
That’s what my Grumpy (aka Darling Husband) said when I first broached the topic of taking our daughter to Disneyland. Recognizing that eventually he would have to take her to Disneyland, he rallied for taking her “When she was older and could go on more rides” and won. Temporarily.
So what do you do? You want to take your child to Disneyland, your child REALLY wants to go to Disneyland and you really want Grumpy to experience the magic and wonder of the Happiest Place on Earth with you both.
But do you really want to go on holiday with Grumpy?
How to Make Sure Grumpy has a Good Time at Disneyland…
Plan Ahead to Avoid Crowds
Nothing makes Grumpy grumpier than big crowds so plan your trip to avoid them!
* Go during Low Season – Visit the park when school is ‘in’. September is the best time to travel with toddlers. School breaks and holidays is a definite no-no for traveling with Grumpy.
* Take Advantage of Early Entry – Stay in one of the Disneyland hotels and take advantage of early morning park entry. Use that extra time to ride the most popular rides before the line-ups start.
* Plan your Route through the Park – Go against the flow of traffic by starting at the far end of the park and work your way back to the entry.
Never EVER Stand in a Long Line-up
Excited kids plus long lines add up to “Are we there yet?” line of questioning that drives Grumpy crazy. Never EVER wait in a long line.
* Use FASTPASS – Think of a FastPass as the popular line equivalent of a restaurant
reservation. Just get a FastPass ticket and return during the specified window of time to jump ahead in the line.
* Stick to High Volume Rides – Not all long lines are a recipe for disaster. If you must jump in a line, stick to ‘high volume’ rides like Pirates of the Caribbean that can accommodate a lot of people.
* Dine with Characters – Avoid the throngs of kids vying for the attention and autograph of their favorite Disney characters by dining with them! Goofy’s Kitchen and Ariel’s Grotto let kids dine with their favorite characters.
Take Advantage of the Free Shows
Not everything at Disneyland costs an arm and a leg. Take advantage of the amazing spectacular shows and entertainment.
* The Disney Traditions – Take in the one of the twice-daily parades through Main Street or the evening fireworks over the castle.
* World of Color – Do NOT miss seeing the World of Color. That alone will cheer up any Grumpy!
Schedule in Disney Downtime
Everyone needs downtime including Grumpy. A Disney day is a long day for both parents and kids to plan a bit of slow time in your day.
* Tom Sawyer Island – Hop on the boat and avoid the crowds exploring the hidden treasures on Tom Sawyer’s island.
* Go for a Splash – Head back to the hotel for a splash in the Mickey pool in the afternoon when the park is at maximum capacity.
The best advice for making sure Grumpy has a good time at Disney is taking advantage of all the amazing planning resources at Disneyland.ca!